Why You Shouldn't Wait Until Spring to List a Home

By Tara L. Christianson on Dec 31, 2018 10:40:24 AM

Traditionally, people think the real estate market starts in the spring of every year. However, savvy sellers know that listing in the winter ‘off-season’ can prove to be beneficial. Don’t believe us? Here’s what our CENTURY 21 Redwood agents had to say about why you should be listing your home right now.

“Of course, winter or off-season listing is beneficial to willing sellers!

There is less competition (fewer homes for buyers to select from) with fewer homes on the market that time of year AND buyers who are out in the marketplace are more seriously motivated to locate their next home & commit to a closing date.

Agents typically are carrying less inventory so have more personalized time for marketing. Vendors are also less busy, so scheduling photo shoots, repairs, remodeling is more flexible and compatible with seller plans.”

Ruthan O’Toole, Agent, C21 Redwood Locust Grove

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What Our Agents Say About Our Transaction Concierge

By Tara L. Christianson on Dec 7, 2018 11:09:07 AM

Back in April, we announced the launch of CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty’s Transaction Concierge. Headed by Alicia Brown, we introduced the Transaction Concierge service to help real estate agents who want to maintain or increase their number of transactions without getting hampered by dealing with the paperwork that gets created along the way. 

As a reminder, our Transaction Concierge team can:

  • Collect all paperwork related to a contract and making sure it’s uploaded correctly to our company’s transaction system
  • Complete all coversheets
  • Order services like home warranties, photography, signs and more
  • Confirm all agent-scheduled inspections (home, radon, etc.)
  • Actualize a one-time input of listing information into BrightMLS, with the agent only needing to review, finalize and activate
  • And do lots more of the behind-the-scenes stuff you’d typically have to deal with in a transaction!

We wanted to follow up to see what our agents have thought about using the service, and they couldn’t be more enthusiastic in their responses:

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Discover the Benefits of Real Estate Offices

By Tara L. Christianson on Oct 5, 2018 10:23:59 AM

We hear it all the time, “The physical real estate office is dead. You can work from home (or Starbucks, or your car) just as easily.” While that may hold true for a few real estate professionals, we believe that many still crave the office experience, which is why we’ve focused a lot of time and attention on each of our 13 CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty offices to ensure our agents always look forward to and enjoy their experience. Instead of continuing to wax poetic about our amazing offices (like Reston, Montclair, Arlington, and Ashburn), we reached out to those who matter most – our agents – to see what they love about working in a real estate office.

Real Estate Offices are Great for Client Meetings

Having an office you’re proud to visit isn’t essential just from an ego standpoint; it’s also a crucial part of REALTOR® safety to be able to meet clients in a safe place.

Dave Pard, a C21 Redwood agent from Frederick, says, “I find it useful to meet buyer clients in the office to conduct property searches and display my laptop on the conference room screen. This way, we can review properties together, discuss, and research additional info together, as opposed to back and forth emails.”

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Listing and Holding an Open House During the Holidays - Should You Do It?

By Tara L. Christianson on May 21, 2018 9:38:02 AM

Now that we’ve addressed what time of year is the best to list a home, there are two other questions many real estate agents get about selling a home, especially around bigger holidays like Christmas and Easter. Those questions are: “Should I list a house around the holiday?” and “Should you hold an open house over the holiday?”

We asked some of our CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty agents to weigh in with their thoughts, and here are some of their responses.

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How's Your 2018 Real Estate Business Plan Going So Far?

By Tara L. Christianson on May 14, 2018 11:27:00 AM

Congratulations! It’s officially spring market and it’s time your 2018 business plan is truly put to the test. How’s your 2018 going so far? Is your business plan going as expected, or have some unforeseen speed bumps popped up along the way?

We reached out to our CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty agents to find out how their 2018 business plan is going. While some are dealing with local market fluctuations, most are seeing a huge improvement this year as they've been implementing strategies and exclusive tools that C21 Redwood has provided to them.

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How Involved Should a Real Estate Agent Be in the Mortgage Process?

By Tara L. Christianson on Apr 6, 2018 8:35:00 AM

Real estate transactions often involve more people than a buyer or seller may initially realize. From real estate agents to home inspectors to appraisers to mortgage professionals, there are any number of people who ‘touch’ the transaction before it’s done.

And, oftentimes, those people have to seamlessly work with each other to make sure the real estate settlement is successful. When a buyer needs a mortgage, finding the best mortgage professional to assist with a buyer’s needs is extremely important. That begs the question:

How involved should a real estate agent be in the mortgage process?

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Improving the Open House Experience with Spacio

By Tara L. Christianson on Feb 19, 2018 4:12:00 PM

One of the most popular tools CENTURY 21 Redwood Realty offers its agents is Spacio, a paperless open house app that encourages and automates visitor registration. With its integration with a number of great companies, including RealSatisfied and Contactually, Spacio seamlessly works to enhance our agents' open house experiences.

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